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While Great Britain (or the UK) is divided into four separate countries, England itself is made up of four very distinctive areas.

There is the South of England, the Heart of England, the East of England and England's North Country. Each offers something unique and wonderful: mysterious moorland, rugged peaks, lush green fields, wide sandy and pebbled beaches and quiet fishing villages. In stark contrast there are elegant, refined and historic cities with Roman, Georgian, Tudor and Victorian influences.
England is famous for its architectural splendors, the university and cathedral cities and other vibrant and exciting cities with museums, art galleries, trendy restaurants, nightlife and some amazing theatre.

Whatever quintessentially (isn't that a fabulous English word!) English characteristic you crave, be it afternoon tea, cricket on the village green or a walk along the promenade, England has something for everyone.

If you are wondering where to stay you'll find hotels, hostels and hostelries, traditional thatched cottages, city apartments, farms, stately manors houses and many charming bed and breakfasts on the All Bed and Breakfast in England UK section. There's something to suit everyone's taste and budget.

The South of England

England's "Land of Heritage" from Dover in Kent on the east coast with its famous White Cliffs to Land's End in Cornwall in the west.
The southeast counties of Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex are known as the "Garden of England", where you'll find majestic castles and spectacular gardens galore, many with royal or literary connections - Dickens, Chaucer, Henry VIII.

See history come to life in the picturesque Abbey town of Battle, the most important part of England's "1066 Country" and site of the most famous battle in English history.

The beautiful town of Battle, so appropriately named, is built around the Abbey which was erected on the site of the Battle of 1066. You can see the spot where King Harold fell, watch a spectacular re-enactment, or see a Bayeux Tapestry print at the Museum of Local History.

To celebrate his victory, William built the imposing Battle Abbey, now maintained by English Heritage, and visitors can enjoy the superb facilities, fascinating exhibitions and a shop offering original gifts. You may even see a Norman soldier guarding the gate!

See how past kings lived in opulence at the Pavilion in Brighton, a popluar seaside resort on the south coast and also famous for its antique shops.

Travel down the River Thames as it flows from London through the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire and the University town of Oxford.

If you arrive by ship, you'll probably dock in Southampton, on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight or Channel Islands to explore the historic warships and Naval Museum in Portsmouth. Dorset is Thomas Hardy country, but you'll find plenty of other literary connections in the south from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie, especially in the "English Riviera" towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Ancient Stonehenge is probably the most famous and most popular tourist spot in Wiltshire but there are abundant monuments and hillside figures, from giants to white horses, in the area.

Walk or hike the coastal trails of Devon and Cornwall or explore the wind-swept moors with rocky Tors and delightful wild ponies but don't miss out on the thriving art-lovers resort, St Ives, with its modern Tate Gallery or Tintagel - the legendry birthplace of King Arthur. Try a taste of local cider from the orchards of Somerset, or cheese from Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills, explore Exmoor, climb Glastonbury Tor.

A highlight of any stay in the South of England is the city of Bath, a designated a World Heritage Site, awash with spectacular architecture, history and culture. Highlights include the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey. The compact streets are also filled with charming shops and restaurants.

There's something for everyone in the South of England.

Heart of England

Discover the Heart of England and over 2,000 years of civilization in a land famed for its natural beauty and heritage.
Shropshire, in the west of the region, is where England meets Wales. Home of Brother Cadfael and Ironbridge you will also find beautiful medieval towns with distinctive "black and white" Tudor architecture that continues into Herefordshire. The cathedral city of Worcester lies in the midst of unspoiled rolling countryside and the Malvern Hills and Cheltenham, a Regency Spa town, marks the start of the "Romantic Road" that leads you through the Gloucestershire Cotswold villages, with their honey-coloured picturesque stone cottages.

Shakespeare Country is Stratford-upon-Avon, where you'll find the Bard's birthplace, former home and final resting place, and of course Shakespeare Theatre, Historic Warwick, with its famous medieval castle, Kenilworth and Royal Leamington Spa.
The Black Country highlights Britain's industrial heritage, and The Potteries, in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, is the birthplace of English ceramics: Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Spode, Minton, Portmeirion, Moorcroft or Ansley to name just a few. Derbyshire and the surrounding hills of the Peak District offer a walker's paradise, stately homes and Bakewell Puddings. Lincolnshire borders the east coast, with its cathedral city, Lincoln, the bustling market town of Boston (associated with the pilgrim fathers) and the annual spectacular flower and bulb festival in Spalding.

Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire where the English Civil War began and ended, although Nottingham is just as famous for its beautiful handmade lace. Leicestershire is renowned for Stilton cheese, Pork Pies and where Richard III met his untimely end, while Althorp in Northamptonshire was the family home of Diana, Princess of Wales, surrounded by more rolling countryside and wide, unspoiled open spaces.

The Heart of England is just waiting to be explored.

East of England

Coast and countryside, gardens and historic houses, cathedral cities and gentle waterways... take time to explore the "Real England".

In Cambridgeshire, you can explore the cathedral cities Peterborough and Ely, find the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell in Huntingdon, cycle along the great dykes of the Fens, punt along the river in the university town of Cambridge or visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. From the Royal home at Sandringham to the cathedral city of Norwich, Norfolk offers pretty villages, bustling market towns, famous gardens, beach resorts and miles of tranquil waterways t he Norfolk Broads.

The Heritage County of Suffolk is the home of horse racing at Newmarket and artists Gainsborough and Constable. You'll find Anglo-Saxon villages, medieval abbeys and churches, thatched, timbered cottages and it is a haven for sailing, bird-watching and antique collectors. Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire are home to several historic houses including Hatfield House, Knebworth House and Woburn Abbey. The famous "Gardens of the Rose" are in the Roman town of Verulamium, St Albans, and aviation enthusiasts won't want to miss the historic collection at Shuttleworth. Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, founded by the Romans, and there are other historic country towns like Saffron Walden. The old port town of Maldon and the friendly seaside resorts at Clacton and Southend-on-Sea are all part of Essex's charm. Harwich is the gateway to Holland and Europe, with regular ferries across the North Sea.

England's North Country

A region of stunning countryside and coastline, historic and fashionable cities, five National Parks and its own magical island... The Kingdom of the Isle of Man. A region that begins with Roman occupation through Viking, Norman, Medieval and Victorian times and extends to the vibrant culture of today.

England's Northwest region was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Rolls Royce, the first passenger trains, great soccer clubs and the Beatles! The region is dominated by the great Victorian cities of Manchester and Liverpool, two of England's most dynamic spots, with grand old architecture alongside modern museums, art galleries, restaurants and a thriving nightlife. In Manchester, look out for the Lowry Gallery complex or take a trip to sporting legend at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Soccer Club. Remember, no trip to Liverpool would be complete without a Magical Mystery Tour of the Fab Four's famous haunts.

The magnificent Roman city of Chester, with its distinct black and white Tudor architecture and Norman cathedral, is the heart of Cheshire, a county rich in gardens and manor houses including Tatton Park with its wonderful annual flower show. Travel through the Ribble Valley in Lancashire and follow the Pendle Witches Trail to medieval Lancaster Castle, where the witches stood trial. There's plenty of golf here, too, at Lytham St Anne's and the elegant resort of Southport. Blackpool with its Pleasure Beach and its world famous Illuminations is Britain's most popular seaside resort.

The Lake District, in the heart of Cumbria, is an area of outstanding natural beauty with sixteen great lakes, from which rise huge mountains and craggy fells. It was here that Wordsworth, Keats and Beatrix Potter all found inspiration. Carlisle, with its castle and majestic cathedral, lies on the border with Scotland, and marks the start of the great Roman Hadrian's Wall, which originally stretched from coast to coast. Towards the east, Newcastle on the River Tyne offers another exciting and vibrant city. Northumbria offers dramatic windswept coastline and rugged, desolate moorland from Holy Island and the ruins of Lindisfarne Abbey to the open-air museum at Beamish, famous for vintage steam engines. County Durham is the land of the Price Bishops who once ruled this area like Kings from the great Norman Cathedral at Durham, which dominates the skyline of this historic city. The Durham Dales form part of the North Pennines, with wooded valleys, rivers, waterfalls and pretty stone villages, a great place for walking and hiking.

Yorkshire is the county where the rugged Pennines meet the brooding moors - the inspiration for the Bronte sisters' literary works. You'll find a wealth of grand, stately homes at Castle Howard and Harewood House, spectacular remains at Fountains and Rievaulx Abbeys, and the National Railway Museum in York. The historic city of York is not to be missed with its medieval city wall, the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, The Minster, and narrow streets which are lined with traditional shops and restaurants within tall medieval buildings. Leeds in West Yorkshire offers both old and new, from Victorian architecture to new and exciting redevelopments along the canal where you'll find the Royal Armories Museum, relocated from the Tower of London. To the east, in Humberside, where the river meets the North Sea, Hull offers ferries to Scandinavia and Europe, while further north in Whitby, you'll find great fish 'n' chips and the spooky ruined abbey, scene of Bram Stokers' Dracula. Harrogate is an elegant Victorian town, with beautiful botanic gardens and plenty of tearooms.

All in all England has so much to see, make sure you give yourself time.

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